Niki Strange

Niki Strange won second prizes in the Sussex Poetry Competition 2019 and Second Light 2021. Published by Lighthouse, Flight of the Dragonfly, The Storms and Hedgehog, she was Arts Council funded poet in residence for Macmillan’s Horizon centre, 2020.

I can write myself

into an open top car,
careering on corniche roads
in the Cote d’Azur’s brûlée noon.
No factor 50,
for the facts of my melanoma
are of little consequence.
All is shadow-less velocity.
I am heliotropic to the blazing sun,
lit up, let loose.
Letter by letter,
I am matter transported.
Written reckless.
I can write myself
sprung from a high board,
suspended in defiance
of Earth’s pull,
my balance restored.
Lost nodes, radiated breast,
sleeved right arm
parts of this new entirety
that tucks, revolves
then plunges
as steel into the
quenching water.
Written stronger.  

Niki Strange

Second Prize in Second Light competition 2021;
poem published in Stickleback XXXI (Hedgehog) and Flights e-journal (Flight of the Dragonfly Press) 2021
and nominated for Forward, Pushcart and Best of the Web prizes.

Body Talk, Flight of the Dragonfly Press, 2022
Close Up – poems on cancer (anthology), Orchard Lea Books, 2022

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